Facebook faces new calls for Washington regulation after report

20 December, 2018, 14:26 | Author: Camille Rivera
  • Facebook shares drop as Cambridge Analytica data privacy fallout spreads

The organizations also complained that Facebook hired an opposition research firm, Definers Public Affairs, to investigate those who criticized the company for use of the platform in allegedly helping to spread Russian misinformation and providing user data to the now-defunct Cambridge Analytica.

DC is seeking an injunction to "ensure Facebook puts in place protocols and safeguards to monitor users' data", plus "restitution for consumers, penalties, and costs", per the suit. On Friday, for example, the company admitted that some users' photos may have been improperly accessed by third-party apps. "We know that we need to do more: to listen, look deeper and take action to respect fundamental rights", Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook's COO, said in a blog post announcing the findings.

Cambridge Analytica, which worked for U.S. President Donald Trump's political campaign at one point, gained access to personal data from tens of millions of Facebook's users.

In 2013, a researcher launched a Facebook app, promoted as a personality quiz, which claimed to generate a personality profile.

The lawsuit comes as Facebook faces new reports that it shared its users' data without their permission.

According to the report, the social network had allowed Microsoft Corp.'s Bing search engine to see names of virtually all Facebook users' friends without consent, and gave Spotify and Netflix the ability to read Facebook users' private messages.




Facebook is having an incredibly hard year, rife with controversy and accusations of improper behavior. Facebook revealed in September that hackers had taken advantage of a piece of code allowing them to take over users' accounts.

The Mark Zuckerberg-led company allowed Amazon to get users' names and contact information through their friends and permitted Yahoo to view streams of friends' posts.

He described Facebook's cooperation as "reasonable", but said that a lawsuit was necessary "to expedite change" at the company.

He said that could happen once as a mistake, but for it to happen again, "it's a choice" on the part of the company's leaders.

The special arrangements are detailed in hundreds of pages of Facebook documents obtained by The New York Times.

In an interview, Steve Satterfield, Facebook's director of privacy and public policy, said none of the partnerships violated users' privacy or the F.T.C. agreement.

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